Justine Ammendolia (she/her) is a PhD student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Her work investigates the interfaces of environmental monitoring, characterizing plastic pathways and pollution mitigation strategies via science policy. Justine has a background in marine biology and has researched plastics for seven years; her work has ranged from bioingestion and coastal debris monitoring in Newfoundland to quantifying global COVID-19 related debris. She is a National Geographic Explorer and regularly works with the Society on science communication initiatives and volunteers on the Youth Council for the Chief Science Advisor of Canada. As a queer scientist, Justine regularly advocates for advancing EDI efforts in science through her different outreach talks with her associated organizations. Justine is both a Killam and NSERC CGS-D Scholar.